Will the Tory Lib-Dem government deliver on its environmental promises? See Ecologist article here which gives a fair analysis of the situation.
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My concerns about the direction of travel of this Government is an issue I have already covered on this blog. See for example my forests sell of letter here, Coalitions failings re climate change here and Cameron's silence on green issues here. I welcome the proposal to set up a Coalition Green Watch to call to account this Government and it's already ridiculous claims to become the "greenest Government ever".
Well that is all about what the Government got wrong well tonight we will be treated to the already controversial film on Channel 4 "What the environmental movement got wrong?" A sort of different version of Green Watch....? Comments have been flying around condemning the film - see also The Guardian article. I welcome such debate but I am not sure this programme is a real debate as it seems to be pushing both GM and nuclear - but let's wait and see.....
Caroline Lucas, Green Party leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion has already commented when asked what the Green Movement did right:
"The green movement welcomes genuine and constructive interrogation of the principles of green politics. However, if anything, the two issues taken up by Channel 4, GM and nuclear, are what we've got right.
"Even if we were to double the number of nuclear power stations in the UK, we’d only cut around 8% of emissions, since nuclear only provides around 4% of the UK’s energy mix. There are much cheaper, safer and crucially, quicker, ways of reducing emissions than by building more centralised nuclear power stations. What we need instead is a nationwide programme of energy efficiency, together with investment in a range of renewable energies, and decentralised Combined Heat and Power.
"With regard to Channel 4's other focus, the public have never had an appetite for GM food. More corporate control of our food system has unfortunately led to what we have predicted: less food diversity and more food speculation. GM technology doesn't necessarily increase crop yields – research has actually shown the opposite can be true. Finally, the green movement was right to push climate change to the top of government concerns. Now, we need to shift from a traditional economic recovery with a few green trimmings to a recovery rooted in social justice and which balances our needs against those of the developing world, the natural world, and those of future generation